Root Canal Therapy
One of the most dreaded procedures in dentistry is root canal therapy. However, patients in North Aurora, Illinois, who are told by their dental professional that they can benefit from root canal therapy should not worry. This procedure is pain-free and is nothing to worry about.
What is root canal therapy?
Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is a term used to describe a treatment that is performed in the inner canals of a natural tooth. Inside of a tooth is a mass of tissues called the dental pulp that is housed in the pulp chamber. The tissues include the nerve and blood supply that keep the tooth alive. When the area becomes infected or irritated, root canal therapy is performed. This treatment is recommended to many patients as it can eliminate the need for permanent extraction and can keep an infection from becoming worse.
What are the signs that you may need root canal therapy?
There are several symptoms our dentists might look for to determine if a patient needs to undergo root canal therapy. Some common indications include:
- Severe tooth pain (toothache)
- Sensitivity to temperature changes
- Discoloration of the natural tooth
- Swelling, red, and tender gum tissue
- Recurring pimple or growth that develops on the gums
What is the root canal process like?
First and foremost the dentists at North Aurora Smiles will ensure the tooth is completely numb by administering local anesthetics and nitrous gas (upon request). For those patients who are experiencing a toothache prior to having the procedure done will sometimes feel immediate relief of the pain. The procedure is usually completed in one to two visits. In most situations, a dental crown will be necessary to properly restore the decayed/broken down tooth structure and offer an extra level of protection.
Interested in learning more about root canal therapy?
Contact the dentists of North Aurora Smiles in North Aurora, IL, to book a consultation visit. Call (630) 984-2223 to speak with our friendly front office team about scheduling an appointment. We are conveniently located at 601 Randall Crossing Lane and accept new patients and families including patients from the communities of Aurora, Sugar Grove, Geneva, Batavia, Big Rock, Campton Hills, Sycamore, Maple Park, Hinckley, Elburn and Yorkville.